How to Apply — M.S.P.A.S.

Applications are submitted online through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants CASPA opens each year in April for the class enrolling the following year in June. However, due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

Note: If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

Application Process

  1. Review the requirements for admission.
  2. Submit your online application through CASPA as soon as possible. Applications are available beginning in April for the class enrolling the following year in June. The annual application deadline is December 1.
  3. Submit all official transcripts to CASPA. Please include all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or regionally accredited university from within the United States.
  4. Submit all letters of recommendation to CASPA.

Admissions Decisions

An interview is required for admission. The interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. Because of the rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., PA and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

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